Shannon N Davis

Shannon N Davis

Shannon N Davis

Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, George Mason University, Korea

Sociology of families and intimate relationships, gender ideologies, gender inequality, research methods

Dr. Shannon Davis has served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at George Mason University - Korea since May 2021.

Dr. Davis received her BA in Sociology in 1997 with distinction as an Undergraduate Research Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2004 from North Carolina State University.  She also spent two years as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center before joining the faculty at GMU in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Her research has two foci.  One vein of her work focuses on the creation of families and the negotiation of family life.  Specifically, she is interested in how family members negotiate the intersection of paid and unpaid work in their daily lives, how gender inequality is reproduced in families, and on the construction and maintenance of beliefs about gender, or gender ideologies. She is also interested in how gender ideologies inform decisions about education, work, and relationships. Other recent research has examined the processes through which inequality is reproduced or undermined in higher education with an eye toward understanding the role that undergraduate research can play in changing the future of the professoriate. She was the recipient of a 2012 OSCAR Mentor Award for her mentorship of undergraduate scholars, a 2013 Teaching Excellence Award, and a 2019 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award for Sustaining Mentorship. In 2018, she received the Kathleen S. Lowney Mentoring Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems. She served as Chair of the George Mason University Faculty Senate 2019-2021.


Pivotal Pedagogy

Selected Publications

Davis, Shannon N. and Theodore N. Greenstein. 2020. Why Who Cleans Counts: What Housework Tells Us About American Family Life. Bristol, United Kingdom: Policy Press. 

Davis, Shannon N. 2020. “The Work-Family Interface in a Gendered Cultural Context: Cross-national Analysis of Work Stress.”  International Journal of Cross Cultural Management 20(1).

Greenstein, Theodore N. and Shannon N. Davis. 2019. Methods of Research on Human Development and Families. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. 

Davis, Shannon N. and Sarah E. Wagner. 2019. “Research Motivations and Undergraduate Researchers' Disciplinary Identity.” Student Learning through Mentored Scholarship.

Morrison, Janet A, Nancy J. Berner, Jill M. Manske, Rebecca M. Jones, Shannon N. Davis, and Pamela W. Garner. 2018. “Surveying Faculty Perspectives on Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: A Three-Institution Study.” SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research 2(1): 43-54. 

Davis, Shannon N., Sarah Winslow, and David J. Maume, Editors. 2017. Gender in the Twenty-First Century:  The Stalled Revolution and the Road to Equality. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Winslow, Sarah and Shannon N. Davis. 2016. “Gender Inequality across the Academic Life Course.”  Sociology Compass 10 (5): 404-416.

Davis, Shannon N., Shannon K. Jacobsen, and Melissa Ryan. 2015.  “Gender, Race, and Inequality in Higher Education: An Intersectional Analysis of Faculty-Student Undergraduate Research Pairs at a Diverse University.”  Race, Gender & Class 22 (3-4): 7-30.

Davis, Shannon N. and Theodore N. Greenstein.  2009. “Gender Ideology: Components, Predictors, and Consequences.”  Annual Review of Sociology 35:88-105.

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Grants and Fellowships

Davis, Shannon N. (Principal Investigator). 2016. “The Construction of Perceived Research Competency among Sociology Undergraduates.” American Sociological Association Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Fund.  $2,500.

Witte, James (Principal Investigator), Amy Best, John Dale, and Shannon N. Davis (Co-Principal Investigators). 2015-18. “Civic Engagement in Seven Cities.” Corporation for National and Community Service. $370,110.

Davis, Shannon N. (Principal Investigator).  2011. “Gender and Career Prioritization after the Recession.”  American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award. $6,885.

Davis, Shannon N. (Principal Investigator).  2010. “Gender, Social Class, and Career Prioritization after the Recession.”  Faculty Research and Development Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University. $4,930.

Davis, Shannon N.  (Principal Investigator).  2007. “Examining Mechanisms for the Intergenerational Transmission of Beliefs about Gender.”  Faculty Research and Development Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University. $2,700.


BA, Sociology, University of North Carolina - Asheville, 1997

MS, Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2000

PhD, Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2004

Dissertations Supervised

Zahra Khan, Time-avalaibility and Resource-bargaining in Housework Division: A Study of South Asian Couples in the US and UK (2024)

Mohammad Ismail Nooraddini, Family Structure, Family Processes, and Sociocultural Outcomes Among Adolescents in Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Families (2022)

Emily McDonald, Let Them Give: Philanthropic Infrastructure and Industry in the United States (2021)

Katie Matthew, Duty and Responsibility: Understanding Work-Family Conflict for Multigenerational Households (2021)

Alysia Blake, Policing and Communities of Color: A Multilevel Intersectional Examination of Police Fatal Encounters (2020)

Jessica Emami, Gender, Group Solidarity, Group Conflict, and the Civic Engagement of Iranian Americans (2018)

Victoria Hoverman, Social Perceptions Matter: Exploring Factors that Influence Perceived Community HIV/AIDS Stigma amongst Black, White, and Hispanic Men Who Have Sex with Men (2017)

Perry A. Threlfall, Contextualizing the Support Systems of Single Mothers in College: Facilitating Critical Feminist Analysis Using Mixed Methods (2015)